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2153 – Plants, Rocks and Stones

Some plants don’t need vertile soil, rocks will do perfectly. This a Geranium Purpureum or a Geranium Robertianum. Rocks and stones are a good surface for some plants such as the Euphorbia in the Russian settlement of Thebais. Even this … Continue reading

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2152 – Wood engravings by Schmied and Goulden

These colour-printed wood-engraved plates are made by Francois – Louis Schmied (1873 – 1941) after paintings by Jean Goulden (1878 – 1946) a major in the Eastern Army Corps of France. When Goulden stayed on Mount Athos during the 1st … Continue reading

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2151 – Umberto Eco on Athos

In the year 1988 Umberto Eco (1932-2016), the famous Italian novelist, and professor in semiotics visited the Holy Mountain. Here we see the author in front of Simonos Petras. It is said that his famous novel “The Name of the … Continue reading

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2150 – Athos reopens its borders for 60 pilgrims and allows hiking again

Yesterday the news arrived at this site that from now on the Pilgrim’s Office will issue a total of 60 diamoniterion’s a day to pilgrims and up to 20 visitors and pilgrims per day will be allowed to visit each … Continue reading

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2149 – random photos in chronological order – no 4

I will start this post with four photographs from the first (?) Athos bus, a Mercedes Benz, that arrived on Athos during the millenium celebrations in 1963. This picture is at the arsanas of Iviron dates from this period. On … Continue reading

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2148 – random photos and articles in chronological order – no 3

1925 nr 1 In post 1418 we told the story of “Agathon the Fool”, here on a photo in Kavsokalivia. He was a simple layman who lived in abandoned monastic cells during the decades of the 1920’s and 1930’s. 1925 … Continue reading

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2147 – random photos and articles in chronological order – no 2

11. 1903 Photo by monk Gavriil from Panteleimonos, made on August 21, 1903, with a “revealing” image of the Mother of God (on the left). The photo was published in a Greek newspaper at that time. It still remains a … Continue reading

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2146 – random photos and articles in chronological order – no 1

As you probably know, I occasionally roam the internet looking for Athos photos or publications. Today I found some time to show you some of my findings, beginning with the oldest: 1668 This is a page from a Dutch book, … Continue reading

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2145 – The Konstamonitou Byzantine tower

On the accurate Barsky drawing from 1744 a Byzantine tower with the characteristic battlements is clearly visible, next to the entrance of Konstamonitou. On the photo of 1991 the tower is gone and replaced by a smaller one standing in … Continue reading

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2144 – June 12th: fire on Cape Arapis

Latest news 13/6: the fire is under control now, but the extinguishing work continues. The fire covers 700-800 acres. In the afternoon of Friday, June 12, at the location of Cape Arapis, a forest fire broke out. The flames were … Continue reading

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